The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has reportedly summoned Nana Addae Gyamera I, the chief of Feyiase, in response to the distressing news of the felling of the historic 300-year-old Okomfo Anokye cola tree. This ancient tree, believed to have been planted by the revered chief priest, Okomfo Anokye, near Kumasi, was callously cut down by unidentified individuals, sparking widespread discussion and concern.
Reliable sources available to Ashantibiz have revealed that a pastor allegedly orchestrated this act by hiring local boys from the community to carry out the destructive task, deeming the tree a fetish. Shockingly, it is further alleged that the pastor paid these individuals a sum of GH¢5,000 to execute this regrettable job.
The gravity of this incident cannot be overstated, as the Okomfo Anokye cola tree held immense historical and cultural significance. Its loss has deeply saddened the community and raised questions about the preservation of our heritage. Recognising the importance of addressing this matter promptly, the Asantehene has taken decisive action by summoning the chief of Feyiase to discuss the necessary steps to rectify this unfortunate situation.
It is crucial that we approach this issue with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity, as it not only affects the immediate community but also impacts the wider public. The deliberate destruction of such a revered symbol of our heritage demands a thorough investigation to identify those responsible and hold them accountable for their actions.
In light of these distressing events, it is imperative that we rally together as a community to protect and preserve our cultural treasures. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the need for increased vigilance and proactive measures to safeguard our historical landmarks from further harm.
Moving forward, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that such acts of cultural vandalism are prevented and that our rich heritage continues to be cherished and celebrated. Let us unite in our efforts to restore and protect the legacy left behind by our ancestors.